Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

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The Floating Press, May 1, 2009 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Black Beauty (1877) is the classic children's book by English author Anna Sewell. A cripple for most of her life, Sewell developed an early love of horses, and the story intended to teach her readers about treating horses (and allegorically all living things) with kindness, patience and sympathy. The story is narrated first-person by Black Beauty, recounting his journey from a farm to the hard life pulling cabs in London to his eventual retirement.
 

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Contents

27 Ruined and Going Downhill
152
28 A Job Horse and His Drivers
156
29 Cockneys
162
30 A Thief
171
31 A Humbug
175
PART III
180
32 A Horse Fair
181
33 A London Cab Horse
187

8 Gingers Story Continued
43
9 Merrylegs
49
10 A Talk in the Orchard
54
11 Plain Speaking
63
12 A Stormy Day
68
13 The Devils Trade Mark
74
14 James Howard
79
15 The Old Hostler
84
16 The Fire
89
17 John Manlys Talk
95
18 Going for the Doctor
101
19 Only Ignorance
107
20 Joe Green
111
21 The Parting
116
PART II
121
22 Earlshall
122
23 A Strike for Liberty
128
24 The Lady Anne or a Runaway Horse
133
25 Reuben Smith
143
26 How it Ended
148
34 An Old War Horse
193
35 Jerry Barker
201
36 The Sunday Cab
210
37 The Golden Rule
217
38 Dolly and a Real Gentleman
223
39 Seedy Sam
229
40 Poor Ginger
235
41 The Butcher
239
42 The Election
244
43 A Friend in Need
248
44 Old Captain and His Successor
255
45 Jerrys New Year
262
PART IV
272
46 Jakes and the Lady
273
47 Hard Times
279
48 Farmer Thoroughgood and His Grandson Willie
286
49 My Last Home
293
Endnotes
299
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Anna Sewell, March 30, 1820 - April 25, 1878 Anna Sewell was on March 30, 1820 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. She was raised a Quaker by her father a bank manager and her mother, a children's novelist. At the age of fourteen, Sewell hurt her knee during a fall and the injury never healed right. Even though she could not walk well, she could still ride horses and drive a horse drawn buggy. It was this form of freedom that sparked her concern for the welfare of horses. She wrote "Black Beauty" when she was in her fifties, but died a year after it was published in 1877. While she never earned much from the book while she was alive, after her death, the novel snowballed into a something extraordinary. The book was about the abuses horses sustained in their lifetimes, but was told from the unique viewpoint of the horse. Even though the book was intended for children, it impacted all generations and caused everyone who read it to take a look at the inhumane treatment horses received. In the one hundred plus years since "Black Beauty" had been published, over 30 million copies have been printed. At least eight motion pictures have been made based on the novel and it is a well known children's classic. Anna Sewell died on April 25, 1878 in Old Catton, Norfolk.

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